February 18, 2017 Subject:
IMO the show where that storied 1977 sound began.
May 19, 2016 Subject:
This falls right between the final Palladium show and the beloved Golden Trinity. Though it's not the equal of those overall, there are the usual May '77 highlights. Like the Palladium shows, the New Haven Coliseum had a relatively small capacity. The 1st set is over 1 ½ hours and longer than the 2nd set!
First Set. Promised Land is sluggish but Sugaree takes off and though it's not 5/19 or 5/28,
they stretch it out and take a few risks that mostly work. Keith tries for Mexicali but it's Mama Tried and El Paso - both perfunctory (by '77 standards). Tennessee Jed is also a bit sluggish and not near as ON as others this week (cf. the 9th & 12th). The set then takes off starting with Looks Like Rain with Keith & Donna both top of their game. Garcia's use of placeholder notes in Peggy-O is magical and the way he expresses the very end of the solo is insane while Bobby is more active than usual. Everyone listens closely to intertwine with Jer on Music Never Stopped.
Second Set. Starts great but then flags. Bertha is hot and Scarlet is even better (though the beginning is cut). After Fire the set's just average for '77 but in Good Lovin' Phil offers a perfect boat launch for his Bass waves. St. Stephen makes a great setlist, though it's an average version. Sugar Mag is cut in the middle (smoothed on miller) but it's rough anyway. Johnny B. Goode is a wash.
1st Set: B- 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3 Stars
Looks Like Rain - One of month's best (up there with 5/11)
Peggy-O - Jer's expression this night is magical, as many have noted
Music Never Stopped - Almost as good as 5/7
Bertha - A little untethered but it works
Scarlet Begonias - Maybe as good as 5/25
SOURCES: No AUDs means no patches in Sugar Mag (Patcheez? We don't need no steenking patcheez!) but the 123485miller Betty Board remaster is still the best source - the others are slightly boomy by comparison.
May 25, 2014 Subject:
November 8, 2013 Subject:
20min sugaree in the first half hour of the show? Buckle in, this shows a goodie.
May 5, 2013 Subject:
Chris, I couldn't have said it better. Mon dieu, what a show!
Promised Land doesn't give the slightest hint as to what magic lies behind it; it's clear the band is having equipment issues to sort out at the beginning and use this one simply as a platform to check the instrumentation; totally unnecessary unless you're a completist.
Too many highlights to go into; the first set here starting with that massive Sugaree rivals any of the other big firsts in May '77; 2nd set is surprisingly slight, but hey - we're 3:00 exactly by the time they're finished; why carp?
(there's a tape snip in Sugar Magnolia, btw :)
February 26, 2013 Subject:
un concert à écouter et réécouter!
Le Grateful Dead 1977 est pour moi au top! Ce concert très bien enregistré le prouve une fois de plus; à découvrir au plus vite pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas encore ce groupe de légende. Mille mercis à Charlie Miller!
January 23, 2013 Subject:
5 stars for CM but this show is a bit tame for the tour....the heart of the 2nd set S>F>GL is rather laidback and still getting its legs, giving no indication of the monster version they will play 3 nights later.
January 22, 2013 Subject:
Another May 77 classic
Charlie works his magic on another May 77 favorite. The sound was always great, but now it's even better. This version of Sugaree is epic. Sadly my favorite Sugar magnolia still has a cut. I guess no audience recording has ever surfaced to supply a patch. Ps I think Bob was lying about being late because their airplane went the wrong way. The night before they were in NYC, what a jokester!!
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